The Supreme Court on Thursday set aside the Kerala High Court (HC) order that had annulled alleged ‘love jihad’ victim Hadiya aka Akhila’s marriage with the activist of the Islamic extremist organization Popular Front of India.
Jahan had challenged the HC order, which had cancelled the marriage on the ground that the marriage was a fraud. The HC had sent Hadiya to her parents’ custody. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud said it was restoring Hadiya and Jahan’s marriage, as it had interacted with the former and found that she had exercised her consent in getting married.
With today’s order, the two will be deemed legally married and can live as a couple without being harassed by any state agency.
The apex court, however, said that the National Investigation Agency probe into the alleged ‘love jihad’ phenomenon would be taken to its logical conclusion by the agency in accordance with the law.
In its status report submitted to the SC, the NIA had said that a well-oiled system prevailed in Kerala to indoctrinate people to embrace Islam.